Android 8.1 Oreo rolling out to Nexus and Pixel devices

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Android Go is lightweight version of Android for basic smartphones (with 1GB of memory or less), and 8.1 comes with a number of memory optimisations. We didn't have to wait long though because Google is rolling out the Android 8.1 update to everyone just a few days later. Not only that, the update also includes a new Neural Networks API that uses this new chipset. If you're a developer and want more information, check out the Android 8.1 for Developers site, the diff report, and the updated API reference docs.

One of the best examples is the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, which come with the so-called Pixel Visual Core, a machine learning-powered eight-core processor that makes sure pictures looks awesome. The handset comes bundled with free unlimited high-quality storage on Google Photos.

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It's worth noting that Flipkart still doesn't offer any discounts on the more expensive Google Pixel 2 XL, which is still available for ₹73,000 and ₹82,000 for the 64GB and 128GB storage variants respectively. Well, Google also lists autofill enhancements and a SharedMemory API as the other noteworthy additions, but there are other, smaller changes in the mix as well, mainly targeting developers. If you're not seeing the update yet, sit tight.

As always, we're providing downloadable factory and OTA images on the Nexus Images page to help you do final testing on your Pixel and Nexus devices. On the premium side of things, the former activates the Pixel 2's Visual Core chip which has lain low ever since the phone got launched. The cheapest Amazon listing we were able to locate quotes $474.99, so you'll be saving $75 with this deal.

What's next for Android Oreo?

If you still see an issue that you filed in the preview tracker, just file a new issueagainst Android 8.1 in the AOSP issue tracker.

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